It’s a rough week for Vanderbilt athletics. Yesterday, the basketball team lost their starting point guard to suspension, and now, it seems the man who turned the football program around is headed for higher ground. CBS’ Bruce Feldman is reporting that James Franklin is expected to be the next head coach at Penn State. If true, Franklin will replace Bill O’Brien, who left Penn State to coach the Houston Texans.
Franklin took the Dores to three straight bowl games in three years, with a 24-15 record. Under his hand, Vandy climbed out of the SEC cellar to relevancy, pulling in top recruiting classes and invigorating an otherwise non-existent fan base. Franklin has a 3-0 record against Kentucky, including a 40-0 shutout in Lexington in 2012.
It will be interesting to see where the Vandy program goes now, and whether or not the Cats can capitalize on the transition period, especially in recruiting. Lloyd Tubman, a 4-star DE from Louisville, is a particularly appealing target who will take an official visit to UK on January 17. Read more about him and the other Vanderbilt commits that could flip to Kentucky in Chris Fisher’s CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup.
Somewhere in Louisville, Bobby Petrino’s eyes turned back down I-65.